As Western Journalism reported, Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned down an invitation to shake Barack Obama’s hand and pose for photos when the latter touches down in Austin Wednesday for a series of fundraisers in the Lone Star State. The Republican governor responded with his own invitation, asking Obama to meet him for a more substantive discussion of the current border crisis affecting the state.
Reports this week indicate Obama was receptive to the suggestion, indicating the two leaders will sit down for a conference on the issue during a meeting in Dallas this week.
Prior to the current arrangement, Perry used Twitter to publicly call on Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border during his trip.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) July 2, 2014
Not to be outdone, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz used the same forum to urge the same outcome, even offering Obama directions from his two planned fundraising events to the nearest border town.
He went on to express dismay that a sitting president would be more concerned about adding to his coffers than addressing a real, identifiable threat to the nation’s security.
A sad state of affairs when a President has time to attend fundraisers in Texas but not to address his Admin’s humanitarian crisis on border
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 9, 2014
Cruz and Perry are not the only elected officials requesting Obama pay a visit to America’s besieged southern border.
U.S. Reps. Ruben Hinojosa and Filemon Vela – both Democrats – drafted a letter to Obama urging him to witness the infiltration of the border by illegal immigrants, specifically unaccompanied minors hailing from Central America.
The pair wrote that “the Rio Grande Valley has been deluged by a massive influx” of these invaders, agreeing with their Republican counterparts that the best course of action includes a personal visit by Obama.
“During your trip to Texas, we urge you to visit South Texas to see firsthand all that is being done,” the congressmen wrote.
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